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Dr. Darinee Alagirisamy
Honorary Assistant Professor Darinee Alagirisamy


BA Hons. NUS; MPhil, PhD Cantab

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Dr. Darinee Alagirisamy received her MPhil and PhD degrees from Cambridge University, where she developed a keen interest in the transnational circulation of reformist discourses, practices, and movements between South and Southeast Asia in the late colonial period. Her publications examine various facets of the politics of reform that took root in South India and amongst the Indian diaspora in Malaya, including the impact of elite initiatives on everyday life in the colonies. Dr. Alagirisamy teaches the course, "Chasing the Dragon: Alcohol, Drugs and Imperialism in Asia, 1700-2000."




Current Research Projects


Darinee is developing her doctoral dissertation into a monograph that will uncover the hidden history of Indian Prohibition. She is concurrently investigating sources for another project, also inspired by her doctoral research, that aims to revisit the relationship between the colonial state, labour management, and temperance reform in British Asia.






"The Self-Respect Movement and Tamil Politics of Belonging in Interwar British Malaya, 1929-1939," Modern Asian Studies (March 2015).


Review Article of Andrew C. Willford's Tamils and the Haunting of Justice: History and Recognition in Malaysia's Plantations, in Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia (July 2016).


"Toddy, Race, and Urban Space in Colonial Singapore, 1900-1959," Modern Asian Studies (forthcoming 2018).



Teaching Courses


  • HIST2159 Chasing the Dragon: Alcohol, Drugs and Imperialism in Asia, 1700-2000
  • HIST2168 The Idea of India, c. 1600-1992